May 18, 2014

Some Roosters Are Big Chickens | Animals | Ashley, Ohio

On Sunday,  Becky and I spent the day with our dear friend, Jen, from Delaware, Ohio.  Two weeks earlier, Jen's husband, Justin, fell from a roof he was working on and landed himself in the hospital for the last two weeks with a serious head injury.  Justin is slowly but surely recovering, and Jen has spent almost all her time since the accident with him at the hospital.  Whenever Becky and I come down, it's an opportunity not only for us to visit Justin, but also to get her out of the hospital room to run some errands and get a little R&R.

As if life wasn't complicated enough, the friends who have been watching Jen & Justin's three dogs also had a beloved pet rabbit pass away earlier in the week...so she brought Becky and I along for the "funeral" of the passed bunny, which took place at Jen's friends' house in the small nearby burg of Ashley, Ohio.

Now Jen's friends not only had rabbits, but they have a chicken coop complete with over a dozen hens and this big, beautiful rooster you see here...

A rooster walks around on the grass outside his coop.

As some roosters can be rather mean, Jen's friends told us that this rooster was one of the sweetest, most docile roosters of any they'd ever had.  Unfortunately, this also meant this rooster was a BIG CHICKEN when it came to Jen's little dog, Ember...who gave chase IMMEDIATELY when she was put on the ground...

It resulted in a spectacle seldom seen by suburb-dwellers like myself...

A rooster runs for dear life as Ember the dog gives chase.

Not to fear, though!  After running all the way around the chicken coop, all across the back and front yards, and two houses down the street, a passing motorcyclist cut off Jen's mischievous pooch and probably saved this story from having any tragic endings.  We were all relieved that Ember ran back to Jen—with a mouth full of feathers, mind you—and the rooster circled right back around to his hens.  I was glad to have gotten some great pictures by which to remember the whole fiasco!
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